Tech Today: March 9, 2021

Tech Today: March 9, 2021

Here’s what you need to know about what happened in tech today:

Update your Apple devices
Yesterday, Apple released a security update for a number of its products to fix an issue where a website could take over your computer, iPhone, iPad or even Watch to run some malware. Go check Software Update on all of your Apple devices and run them if you’ve got Safari 14.0.3, macOS Big Sur 11.2.3, watchOS 7.3.2, iOS 14.4.1 or iPadOS 14.4.1 available.

Verizon’s 5G not as great as its new 4G
In new testing by PC Magazine, Verizon’s 5G network isn’t living up to the hype – to the point that an upgrade to its older 4G network is actually faster. Nationally, the US continues to lag behind China, Japan and some European countries on its 5G rollout.

Google says being harassed is a “medical” issue
From NBC News: Google employees who complain about racist, sexist, misogynistic and transphobic abuse in the workplace are being told to “assume good intent” from their abusers, and then to take medical leave to seek therapy. This reporting comes after a series of incidents at Google and other tech giants like Facebook where people of color, trans people and women in particular have been subject to abuse and gaslighting. In my experience, “assume good intent” means “we like that other person better and we don’t want to cause problems for them.”

Supporters organize boycott of Amazon during union vote
Yep, this is the second time I’m posting about this. It’s important. Amazon workers themselves can not legally call for a boycott of the company while they are voting this month on unionizing, but UCOMM has put out the call. This week – through Sunday the 13th – do not buy anything on Amazon or watch Amazon Prime Video.